We need to preface this post. The LSS wakesurf board you see in this post isn’t finished yet, we just wanted to demonstrate how sturdy, stiff and waterproof it is by wakesurfing it, basically as a core or the blank. Now we’ll finish it up fairly soon, by applying fibrglass to the exterior, but as you’ll see in this post, the core of the board is capable of being wakesurfed as it is AND capable of being laminated a few day later. We don’t believe there is any other manufacturer that can do that. Mostly they use blanks from some other supplier, but we actually BUILD the interior of the Flyboy Wakesurf boards. This new LSS wakesurf board core is ridiculously strong, stiff and waterproof.
On to the “proof is in the pudding”. We should also make note that there is no traction on the board. No wax, or anything to hold the rider on, plus we cautioned James NOT to break it! So he was rather cautious and didn’t push the board. But, without traction, it’s just slippery and we don’t need anyone getting hurt! Also, the fin boxes, while installed, aren’t yet ground down flush with the bottom of the board. We’ll do that after we fnish laminating the bottom, so the board isn’t as efficient as it will be. So if you’d please those things keep that in mind, as we document the LSS wakesurf board construction, without external lamination. We appreciate and respect skepticism, and we do NOT want to be like some of those other folks spewing crap trying to intentionally mislead you. This is the real deal and we show just what happens AS it happens so that you can make an informed decision.
First up, 200 pounds without any support and with the support of the wake. Easy and the LSS wakesurf board doesn’t flex unneccessarily. You can clearly see the deck in this picture and you’ll note no traction, whatsoever. Nor any external lamination.
Now our resident expert, James Walker wakesurfing the LSS wakesurf board construction. These are selected sequence shots of James Walker doing an ollie 3. Double click on any of the images in this post and it will take you to our Flyboy Wakesurf webshots album that contains the full sequence of the ollie 3.
James has the board loaded in that picture, no deformity or twisting.
James really couldn’t push this, without traction his foot would have just slipped off the back and he was being cautious, but do this with the blank of your choosing and then laminate it the following night. Bet’cha can’t!
Again, it’s staying in shape.
Starting to come back down, everything holding up just fine.
No flexing as James has come back down on the wake.
Now we want to talk about this sequence shot a little, so first the picture
In this ollie 3, James stalled it just a little, which requires him to ride the board principlally on the nose for a bit. No biggee, right? Well stop and think about the nose of the wakesurf board. Much thinner than the rest of the board and what do we know about stiffness and thickness? They are directly related, so THINNER equals less stiff and it’s exponentially related. Also, there is less width on the Flyboy Wakesurf boards, as we use a rather pointed nose for better grip in the wake face while the board is being ridden revert, so less surface area to distribute the various forces. See any unwanted flex? Nope. Also this is important, despite all the the folks that do NOT know what they are talking about just kidding! There is no push, all of the forces at that part of the wake are lifting upward and then gravity as the wakesurf board falls down the face. So the LSS wakesurf board is resisting those lifting forces very nicely.
Sadly, the misinformation promulgated by a few folks will limit development of wakesurf boards in this regard, but we want you to know that we understand the various hydrodynamic forces and develop with those forces in mind. Which is good for you!
Ok another shot in the sequence.
That shot was about three quarters around on the rotation, great profile view of the rocker and see any deformation? Nope, still pristine. See any wet soggy parts falling off? So not! Water rolls off it like it does off the back of a duck!
And one last shot from that sequence, with James bringing the trick home.
Sweet! Thanks so much James for not breaking that LSS Wakesurf Board construction test bed. Actually, that was the first full test of a LSS wakesurf board construction board, so we were confident that it could be surfed, we weren’t quite sure how MUCH it could handle. So that test was very helpful, it can be ridden without issue. Perhaos one day we’ll put it through it’s paces by adding some traction!
Here is a short unedited video, we don’t edit out the falls because we believe that’s just misleading and intentional at that. So, you’ll see James fall on the surface reverse. Again, taking it is because we BEGGED him not to break it! and it has no traction so it’s kinda slippery.
Amazing right? Yes it is! We won’t toss around unsupported claims, the nonsense stuff that we all roll our eyes over. We pride ourselfs in NOT spewing all that crap. BUT, this is good technology and it will improve your riding. Let’s recap before we put that aside and move on to the external lamination. First, did we mention waterproof? Less worry for you if you get a ding and lets be honest, wouldn’t you really rather wakesurf on something that doesn’t suck water like a sponge? Second, OMG stiff and strong, so strong that it doesn’t require external lamination to surf it and you can actually SURF it! Not just trimming in one position, but surfing the dang thing! Ollie 3 and the 200 pound guy, carving. When this LSS Wakesurf board construction is finished, with external lamination, it will be strong and stiffer still, you KNOW that can only improve it’s performance and YOURS!
Thanks so much for following along, we really appreciate being able to share new techincal developments with you and we sure hope to be able to harrness this new technology so that we can bring it to you to improve your wakesurfing!